August 2018
A Message From The CEO
By Rachel Michelin

Help California Women Lead continue the momentum of women serving in Appointed Office!

As campaign season gets into high gear there is a lot of emphasis on women. In California, we have three women running for statewide office, VERY competitive races for congressional seats and a number of women running in down ticket races. 2018 has the potential to be a BIG year for women in California politics. That is why the work California Women Lead does to inspire, train and support women who are seeking appointed office is so important. It is also why in September, California Women Lead will resurrect our successful California Women's State Appointments Project, which we launched in 2010. The focus of this project is to inspire, train and submit names and resumes to the new governor when he takes office of potential women to appoint. Our hope is the new governor will continue the great work of the Brown Administration in maintaining the goal that 50 percent of state appointees are women. This milestone was reached in 2015 and represents the highest percentage of women serving in appointed office in our state's history.
In This Issue

Here we go! Save the dates - April 22 - 24, 2019 for California Women Lead's Women's Conference. We are headed back to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim with new, exciting surprises in store! 

We looked at all of the evaluations and incorporated the great suggestions we received! New this year is our Welcome Reception on April 22nd. We are incorporating a special networking surprise to help you meet other women leaders from throughout the state and the Western Region.  

You won't want to miss the Conference Reception as we honor women in public service - elected, appointed, military and public safety. And we will close the reception with a fun party to celebrate all the ways women LEAD! Plus, for those of you who attended last year - you know we will have lots of fun surprises throughout the entire conference! 

Visit our website to see our teaser agenda and check back often as we begin releasing names of our speakers. Registration will open soon along with opportunities to purchase tables or sponsor the conference. 

Feel free to email us at if you have any questions! See you next year in Anaheim!

What people said about the 2018 Women's Conference
"Rachel, thank you for your guidance and support before and during the CA Women Lead Conference in Anaheim. I'm proud to announce that I have been appointed by the Governor's Office. This would not have happened without the CA Women Lead Conference and your help."

"Rachel, I want to congratulate you on a informative and interesting CA Women Lead Conference. You were a wonderful example of how to "lead" and "execute" a successful event for women with passion. The Gifts were amazing, food delicious, room temps fine, and the speakers generous and eloquent."

"Great topics. LOVED the financial literacy panel."
"The conference was very inspiring and powerful. I left the conference wishing my 22 year old daughter would have attended with me. Thanks"
"Best organized conference I have been to."
" I want to congratulate the team who put the conference together, it was really well done. It kept me very interested from the beginning to the end. The quality of presenters was outstanding. What a phenomenal job!"
"Uplifting. I really needed it. Thank you."
"I truly loved this conference. So much sister love and connections.The program layout and luncheon was perfect. Kudos to the CA Women Lead Board and conference committee members. "
"Thank you for organizing this conference. A tremendous shout out to Rachel, Cassandra, Mona (and all the board) for the serious amount of commitment, passion and (blood and tears?) that you put in for such a great cause.... US! Truly honored to be there this year and get my refill on YES... YOU CAN DO ANYTHING."

Call for Proposals for the 2019 WOMEN'S CONFERENCE 
California Women Lead welcomes proposals from qualified candidates to present topics from their area of expertise or experience at our annual conference. To be considered as a session speaker, please complete the online submission form. Proposals will only be considered that are submitted through the on-line form. Please no emails or phone calls. Priority is given to current members of California Women Lead. This is for breakout sessions ONLY; not keynote speaking slots.


The California Women Lead Board of Directors is accepting nominations for our 2019 "Making our Vision of Equality a Reality" (MOVER) Awards. The MOVER Awards will be presented February 6, 2019 at the California Women Lead Annual Legislative Reception at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento. The Board will be considering nominations and will announce honorees the first week of January. We ask that anyone who is nominated commit to attending the reception on February 6, 2019 in Sacramento. 

to view a description of each award 
and learn more about 
California Women Lead's MOVER Awards. 

Please nominate anyone you feel is deserving of one of these awards.

All nominees must be a current member of California Women Lead. Nomination deadline -- November 30, 2018.

Join the #CAWomenLead Social Media Campaign!

Help California Women Lead show how women are leading our state - in elected office, in appointed office, on nonprofit boards, in the board room, as activists and as advocates!
We want you to share photos with us through your social media accounts with the #cawomenlead hashtag.
More details to follow. Those who share their photos will be entered into our #cawomenlead raffle and can win a FREE PASS to our 2019 Women's Conference in Anaheim.
So share with us how you lead and let's show how important women's leadership is to our state!
Upcoming Events

Please visit our website at for more information and for updated events calendar.
Monday, August 27, 2018
San Francisco

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018
Candidate for Superior Court Judge
Wednesday, September 11, 2018 to Friday, September 14, 2018
Long Beach
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018
San Francisco
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019 to Wednesday, April 23, 2019

The California State Board of Optometry is looking for a new Executive Officer. Please Click HERE  for more information on the position and how to submit your resume. 
The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is looking for a new Executive Director. Please Click HERE for more information on the position and how to submit your resume. The filing deadline is August 10, 2018.

Congrats to Governor Jerry Brown's latest statewide appointees! Click HERE to view the full list of appointee announcements made over the past month. 

And congrats to these women on the rise!

In Case You Missed It...

In June California Women Lead's CEO Rachel Michelin appeared on Good Day Sacramento (KMAX-TV, virtual channel 31) to talk CA Primary preliminary election results and the ongoing statewide campaign to bring gender parity to all levels of government. Click HERE to watch.

Michelin also spoke with Sacramento's FOX40 (KTXL-TV) about the importance of exposing and empowering young girls like the Girl Scouts to get involved in politics. This was part of Girl Scouts Day at the Capitol, hosted by Girl Scouts Heart of Central Valley and sponsored by California Women Lead.  Click HERE to watch the Fox 40 segment.

Coming Soon!

California Women Lead will be re-vamping its website soon including enhancement of our mobile optimization. The re-fresh will be coming at the start of 2019. There will also be a women in leadership podcast launching soon. The podcast will be shared on our website, social media and through email. Stay tuned!

Elk Grove Appointments Training 

Thank you to those who attended the Elk Grove Appointments Training Workshop hosted by CA Women Lead and the City of Elk Grove. And thank you to our Appointment Training partners:
  • State Senator Richard Pan
  • State Assemblyman Jim Cooper
  • Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
  • Rachel Michelin, CEO, California Women Lead; current Gubernatorial Appointee
  • Elk Grove Vice Mayor Darren Suen
  • Elk Grove Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen
  • Elk Grove Councilmember Pat Hume
We hope our attendees were inspired to take the next step in their leadership journey by applying for an appointment with the Brown Administration or be part of the California Women Lead 2018 Appointments Project (launching in September) to encourage women to apply for appointments in the new administration. Click HERE to view photos of the training.


Thank you to our statewide partners who support our mission on an annual basis. Their support enables us to be successful in inspiring women leaders in their community and state.   |   916-551-1920   |